More cancer patients than ever are surviving intensive cancer treatments. The mental and physical impact of cancer does not disappear when treatments are done and yet we stop providing any treatment. Cancer survivors often face physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and financial challenges as a result of their diagnosis.
Our retreats offer a place for survivors to unplug and unwind in order to focus on what matters most in their lives. The retreats also offer practical, research-based health behaviour counselling on physical activity, nutrition, stress and sleep to help prevent secondary disease, recurrence, and aid long-term effects of treatment to help survivors make the best of the rest of their lives.
“Spending time in the outdoors can help a person with cancer truly come to his or her senses and feel restored and grounded again through the quiet, transformative big medicine of the natural world.” — Dr. David Victorson, Dept of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University
Knight’s Cabin retreats will both provide information and explore practical skills on living well beyond cancer, focusing on physical activity, nutrition, and stress and sleep management workshops. Health behaviour programming at the retreat is practical and based on the latest research.
During the weekend there will be guided hikes, yoga, and classes on nutrition, meal preparation sessions, stress and sleep management techniques. Guests will have an opportunity to take the time to rest, reflect, and refocus on their health.
“Following treatment, I knew I was fine physically, however, attending a retreat for young adult cancer patients helped me to heal my heart, and resolve wounds that I did not realize even existed. In order to attend a retreat, I had to travel out of province. Having a facility in Alberta, for Albertan’s is a monumental step towards providing great psychosocial supports to cancer patients, survivors and their families.” — Ashley Rose, Cancer Survivor
Who: This opportunity is open to adult cancer survivors (age 18+) and a support person. Guests of the retreat may still be on treatment but must be deemed medically stable and will require the consent of their physician and our organization.
Note: Patients on active chemotherapy will not be able to attend the retreat due to immunosuppression. Please contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific questions.
Due to overwhelming response, we are unable to host all applicants from the large number of applications we receive. All applicants will be informed approximately one week after the deadline what the status of their application is.
Where and when:
Thanks to everyone who applied for our New Brunswick retreat happening September 29 to October 1, 2017 at Auberge le Vieux Presbytere de Bouctouche! We will be contacting you shortly with further details.
Cost: The retreat is held at no cost to survivors and their supporters. There is a $250 deposit (payable by cheque only) to hold your place on the retreat that will be returned at the end of the retreat.
- A survivor may bring with them one close supporter who has been with them throughout their cancer journey. Survivors and supporters share a room.
- Each participant is responsible for their travel to and from the retreat.
- Additional medical and informational forms will be sent to you following our receipt of your application.